Flight Training

—Needs updating since site merge in December 2014—

A nice shiny new blog that was started in January 2010 to share my experience of becoming an airline pilot.

I have wanted to become a pilot for many years now and throughout those years I have looked all over the place for information on how to do it.  I have found some great resources; anything from flight school websites to forums and to blogs.  I also spoke to or emailed any pilot who’s details I could get my hands on.  I have never seen a blog that details everything from the beginning and so I thought I would make it possible for people to find what I was looking for.  I want people to know that anyone with enough determination and effort can achieve their dream of flying for the airlines.  This blog will cover my flight training and eventually my entry into work with an airline and everything inbetween.

I have decided to train with Oxford Aviation Academy and will commence on 26th April 2010.  I will be in AP313.

A special thanks to Bryn Thompson for allowing me to use one of his photos for the header of my blog.

See more of his work here.


This blog started back in 2010 when I began training as an airline pilot. First time visit?

About: here
Introduction: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Quick Stats
Current Status: First Officer, Boeing 737-800
Flights: 735
Hours Flown: 
Miles Flown: 534,066
Fuel Uplifted: 4,666,000 litres
Fuel Burned: 3,700 tonnes
Passengers Carried: 111,392

9 thoughts on “Flight Training

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    • Graeme, thanks for stopping by. I’ll be sure to read your blog and follow your progress. I have just read your post ‘Runway Incursion’ and it was an enjoyable read. I always found it so frustrating when I had a lesson that I felt didn’t go very well. It would be great to just forget about it and start again. We both know the best thing to do it take what you’ve learned from it and move on, doing your best the next time around. I had a test shortly after my first solo where I went up with another instructor who was checking my landings and pattern work. I had never flown so poorly before that point and I haven’t flown so poorly since! Ever so frustrating but my flying was still safe enough to pass.

  2. I have been on the Web for weeks looking for a blog like this and now I have found it.. Thanks Matt. I have just sent away for the initial info pack from Oxford AA. I really am hopeful that I can meet the initial demands to ensure acceptance. And then I guess the real hard work starts!! I’m away now to read this blog.. Thanks again


    • Thanks for stopping by Alan, I hope it has been of some good use to you. All the best with your future pursuits, best of luck with your application.

  3. Hey Matt,

    You have really good material on this blog. I am sure it can be a wonderful resource for other pilot students. I have a blog myself about pilot training: http://pilotincanada.com.
    It was created to help students learn how to become a pilot, which is really my passion.
    Best of luck with your flying! I will be an avid reader and also make sure to send my students over to share your experiences and learn a thing or two.


    • Paul,

      Tanks for your kind comments, they are much appreciated. It looks like you have a great blog on the go too with some excellent resources, keep up the great work. I like to see an instructor with a blog!

      All the best with your flying and with your students. Keep the pointy end forward!


  4. Hi Matt,
    I am a CFI of a flying school in Melbourne Australia and its great to see all this passion and enthusiasm for flying which comes out quite clearly of your blogs. Good luck with it all:)


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